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Mediclinic News : COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS – COULD COVID-19 FINALLY UNLOCK THEIR ROLE IN THE NHI?

Title

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS – COULD COVID-19 FINALLY UNLOCK THEIR ROLE IN THE NHI?

Date

2020-11-05

Link

https://bhekisisa.org/health-news-south-africa/2020-11-02-community-health-workers-could-covid-finally-unlock-their-role-in-the-nhi/

News Description

BHEKISISA The COVID-19 pandemic has helped renew respect for community health workers (CHWs) both among other health workers and the communities they serve, public health experts say. But they warn this won’t be enough to put the country’s community health worker programme, which has faced barriers for years, on a more sound footing as workers across the country prepare for a nationwide strike. Workers demand that they be made permanent employees of provincial health departments — with higher salaries, as well as medical aid and pension benefits — instead of being outsourced to non-profits that pay them stipends or working under temporary provincial health department contracts.
Created at 2020/11/10 09:58 AM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2020/11/10 09:58 AM by Mediclinic